Ferrari has officially debuted its latest limited-edition V12 special series supercars, the 812 Competizione and 812 Competizione A. Said the Italian supercar-maker, “this duo of cars is dedicated to a very exclusive group of collectors and enthusiasts of the most noble of Ferrari traditions, which focuses on uncompromising maximum performance”.

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The 812 Competizione twins, Ferrari says, is dedicated to an exclusive group of enthusiasts.

According to the Maranello manufacturer, with the firm has raised the bar to new heights by applying innovative technological concepts to the engine, vehicle dynamics and aerodynamics. Based on the 812 Superfast, the normally aspirated V12 powering these special-edition Prancing Horses has been re-engineered in certain areas to achieve a record red line of 9 500 r/min. The redesigned 65-degree 6,5-litre now produces 610 kW at 9 250 r/min and 692 N.m at 7 000 r/min. To ensure the engine “breathes correctly” across the entire rev range, the intake system has been redesigned. Directing power to the rear Michelin Cup 2 R tyres is a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox.

Ferrari V12 special series twins
Integrated into the windscreen header, a flap deflects wind flow to ensure occupant comfort when the top is stowed.

Although Ferrari is yet to communicate the technical information pertaining to the Targa version’s performance figures, the Prancing Horse claims the coupé variant has a zero to 100 km/h time of 2,85 seconds and a zero to 200 km/h time of 7,50 seconds. Top speed, Ferrari says, is more than 340 km/h.

Ferrari V12 special series twins
Compensating for the removal of vortex generators, a bridge element has been introduced between the flying buttresses.

Aerodynamically, the special 812s adopts an a single air duct, integrated into the radiator grille. The evacuation of hot air, Ferrari says, has been improved by “exploiting” both the bonnet vents and wing louvres. The “Aero” brakes feature a redesigned cooling system, which has an integrated air intakes into the calliper castings.

Ferrari V12 special series twins
A first on a Ferrari V12, the 812 Competizione and Competizione A feature full-carbon-fibre wheels.

Revealed alongside the coupé, which Ferrari previewed in April, the 812 Competizione A sports a Targa roof. According to Ferrari, the Targa-top version provided the company with the opportunity to use the modifications required for the rear to create a “truly unforgettable architecture”. The flying buttress concept, the firm says, harmonises effortlessly with the arrow theme of the front and gives it a completely different connotation to the coupé variant. Targa top stowed away, roll bars partly jut out above the rest of the body.